When my tax refund of $742 came in, I decided to use it to buy some new recording equipment, for recording videogame footage.
1. The first is Fraps, which is a computer recording program that $34 or so. It records computer games at high quality, and unlike most freeware screen capture programs, there's no time limit. I can record for two full hours in one sitting, unless, of course, I start to get slowdown from the computer because I'm running high-energy programs for so long, without any breaks.
The downside is that it doesn't recognize certain programs as "real" computer games, so it won't record them. Also, I need to use an external microphone. I should get a better one, rather than using my same headset from 2006.
2. The second, which I haven't tried out yet, is a basic iPad-to-projector cable. Whatever is on the iPad screen goes through to the other end of the cable. Let's hope that's true. I hear some of the iPad projectors are picky about what they decide to project.
3. The third is some program I can't pronounce, which records console games. I needed a new one, because my old one doesn't work with Windows 7. This one apparently is super-powerful, and it's designed for things like PlayStation 3 Super HD, when I'll probably only use it to record Gamecube footage. That has to mean it's good enough for my needs, right?